Anna Janosko Hartmann

Anna Janosko Hartmann, loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and sister died peacefully at home on Dec. 30 with her loving caregiver, Windy, by her side. She was 97 years old and had lived a wonderful life with many smiles and laughter even to the end.  Until her last day, her home was filled with many visitors, all of whom left smiling.  Her face always lit up when visitors came calling, her warmest smiles reserved for family, whom she always put first.

She was born in Stratford, CT, one of 14 children of whom 11 lived to adulthood.  There were four girls and seven boys and she was the middle child.  Her mother died when Anna was 15.  She and her two youngest sisters ages 3 and 5 were sent to live with their Aunt Anna in New York City.  At 16, Anna started work as a telephone operator, then met her husband, Albert, who worked for the Bell Labs of ATT.  In 1932 they married, and as newlyweds, helped raise the two younger sisters and one of her brothers.  In 1937 they moved to Lynbrook, Long Island where their children grew up.  In 1963 they moved to New Jersey.  Her husband died suddenly in 1970, and in 1974, Anna moved to Ridgefield to be close to her grandchildren in Wilton.

An accomplished dressmaker and tailor, she made clothes not only for her young family, but for her neighbors’ children as well.  She was involved with her children’s schools, received a gold pin in recognition for her work with Boy Scouts, worked with the Girl Scouts, and always kept her home open for her children’s friends.  When she moved to Ridgefield, she turned to needlework, knitting for the Red Cross, and receiving RSVP’s pin for 25 years of service.  A member of the OWLS, she held different positions on its board.   And she had fun with the knitting and the painting groups.  She also loved the new Founder’s Hall and even tried learning to play pool.

Those of us who are celebrating her interesting and complex life are her sister, Martha Adamchuck of Ansonia, Connecticut; her daughter Bunny and her husband, Jan Linthorst Homan of Grosse Pointe, Michigan; her son Albert Hartmann and his wife, Paula, of Bradenton, Florida.  Her grandchildren Kim, Johannes, Katrina, Tedda, and Gus also have very fond memories of the time they have spent with her.  She had a very special love for her namesake great-granddaughter, Anna, and she was looking forward to the birth of her great-grandson in early January.

There are very special friends who have given Anna great joy, and she expressed deep gratitude for their friendship and for all the fun they had together: Kathy and Enzo, Windy, Ray, Pearl, Narin, Kwasi, Xoli, Rose, and all her friends at Founder’s Hall.  And she wanted to include Dr. Nathalie Michaud, her doctor, and  Laura Switzer of the RVNA, and all the wonderful people of Vista Hospice who were part of her journey.

A celebration of her life will be held at the Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah St., Ridgefield on Saturday, Jan 8 from 10AM to 12 Noon followed by burial in St. John The Baptist Greek Catholic Cemetery in Stratford.

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